Matte Brown: Contouring's BFF

From beige to sand to chestnut, brown is anything but basic and, therefore, unquestionably deserves "Color of the Week" status.
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From beige to sand to chestnut, brown is anything but basic and, therefore, unquestionably deserves "Color of the Week" status.

No one can ever dispute how classic brown is. From the daintiest of beiges to the warmth of medium sands to the dark, rich chestnuts of the world, there is a flattering brown shade for everyone. And if you haven't found yours, you're not looking hard enough.

Celine A/W 2011 campaign, Tom Ford's Shade and Illuminate, Elle France April 2010 photographed by Jessica Craig Martin.

Celine A/W 2011 campaign, Tom Ford's Shade and Illuminate, Elle France April 2010 photographed by Jessica Craig Martin.

Contouring guide found on lastnightmakeup.wordpress.com, Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit, Sleek Face Contour Kit.

Contouring guide found on lastnightmakeup.wordpress.com, Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit, Sleek Face Contour Kit.

OK, you got me. This is just an excuse to talk about my favourite makeup product in the world, Urban Decay's Eyeshadow in Buck. You may have noticed me mentioning it in every article ever.

Behold Urban Decay's Buck, complete with lens flare.

Behold Urban Decay's Buck, complete with lens flare.

Buck, not only are you a beautiful, neutral, wearable brown eyeshadow, but you make a brilliant contour shade (for me, that is; though I suspect it's pretty versatile depending on how heavy- or light-handed you are with a makeup brush).

Urban Decay's Buck swatched

Urban Decay's Buck swatched

I think the reason for Buck's success is that it has no orange tones in it whatsoever, which is beautiful for creating natural shadows. If you're looking for a natural contour in any shade, an orange-free zone is what you should be after. This is where many bronzers try but fail. Though I may have a love affair with Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze and Glow someday when my wallet allows, I no doubt will always come back to Buck with open arms.

Do you contour? What is your favourite contouring shade? Or are all you about the brown shadow? What brown must-haves am I missing out on?